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Oscar was a kitten that was adopted by the Rhode Island facility in 2005, as part of the rehabilitation program. Oscar’s upbringing on the 3rd floor nursing home for residents with end-stage dementia is how he may have learned when a patient will pass. He paces the hallways making his rounds, sniffing the air. If he believes a patient will pass he lays down next to them.
There have been articles and a book written about Oscar. Veterinarians have theories on how it is that he knows when death is near. It is believed that Oscar can predict death is imminent within 2 hours. A bodies dying cells give off an odor that may be familiar. Therefore lying with the patient until they pass. It is also noted that the patients Oscar has layed next to have passed from an infection, carbapenem-resistent Klebsiella pneumoniae.
Some of the patient’s relatives have asked that Oscar be removed when a patient is dying. He will wait outside meowing in protest. Almost as if he wants to be there to comfort the patient in the last hours of life. The staff at the medical facility now call family when he is seen sleeping next to a patient.
Is gaining a 'sixth sense' one of the rewards of appreciating nature? The recent Tsunami in December 2004 that devastated parts of Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka renewed interest in the seeming existence of a sixth sense in animals. One of the devastated areas was an animal reserve at Yala in Sri Lanka with monkeys, leopards, buffalo, elephants and 130 species of birds. But after the Tsunami and the unfortunate death of many tourists, virtually no animal carcasses were found. How did the animals escape the tidal wave? Animals were reported to behave strangely long before the Tsunami struck. Some observations were that elephants screamed and ran to higher ground. A dog refused to go for its beachside walk. Flamingos breeding at Point Calimere wildlife sanctuary in India abandoned their nests for higher ground before the tidal wave struck. And zoo animals remained in their shelters. The problem with some of these observations must be that they are coincidental, but become remembered as evidence of a sixth sense upon association with such a significant event. A bit like people who thought Uri Geller could mend watches by channelling psychic powers through their TV set. A small percentage of 'broken' watches will always work for a while if tested again, and these are the examples that would get reported, rather than the majority of boring failures.
There have been other examples of animal sixth sense. For example, strange behaviour by animals in 1975 in the Chinese city of Haicheng led officials to evacuate the city, which saved thousands of lives when a large earthquake struck a few days later. Similarly, it was recorded that before an earthquake struck Helice in Greece in 373 B.C., animals such as dogs, rats and snakes fled the city. A medical doctor in Japan in September 2003 claimed that he could predict earthquakes when the behaviour of dogs became erratic and anxious.
Originally posted by zazzafrazz
The question is, Do they have a extra sense? Or just enhanced senses? IS it "psychic" or is it natural intuition?
Yes I think the same thing, do we have that inate ability? and has it been socialised out of us?
Originally posted by Tantalus
It's wonderful and mysterious
I wonder why humans don't have much of this sense or is it "back to nature" that help us see all of ourselves?